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Basically, if you watch Granada Holmes (which you can do here), you see that Jeremy Brett has a very distinct style of movement as Sherlock Holmes. He talks with his hands a great deal, but not the way Cumberbatch does (which is almost like he’s conducting an invisible orcheestra); it’s more like his thinking is happening in his fingers. Lots of finger wiggling or twiddling or…not sure what to call it, really. He also has a…rough relationship with objects, meaning that he throws things around a lot. Every single time he enters a room, there’s, like, a small cyclone of coat, scarf, hat, cane flying off in seconds. He also, when he’s feeling emotional or, occasionally, very pleased with himself, tends to do a lot of rapid-fire twitching with his mouth. (If you’ve been watching Elementary, that should sound pretty familiar!)
Like Cumberbatch, he’s extremely physically dynamic, but not in the same exuberant, almost childlike way (jumping up and down, leaping over things). The overall defining stylistic characteristic is a sense of fluidity. Everything he does that I’ve listed above (with the exception of the mouth twitching) is graceful, curvaceous, deeply elegant. He drapes himself over furniture in an exceptionally languid fashion. His facial expressions other than the mouth thing have this same fluid quality.
JLM does a lot of the same things—throws things around, talks through his fingers, many a facial tic—but the defining style is a kind of jerky, angular motion. My dad used the word “staccato.” For example, contrast this:
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We independently wondered whether JLM had studied Brett (since Granada Holmes is often considered the defining television adaptation, it certainly seems possible) and deliberately gone the opposite direction. We both felt that the almost jagged quality of his motion fits a great deal with his current state of pain and vulnerability (as well as his grittier past: Brett’s Holmes is a consummate high-class gentleman, despite his bohemian oddities).
THIS IS WHAT WE DO WHEN WE SKYPE, WE COMPARE HOLMESES
and also discuss seven-humped camels on this particular occasion
COMPARING HOLMESES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PASTIMES.